Lisa Blaydes, Hoover national fellow and assistant professor of political science at Stanford University, speaks about her research in Hoover's Ba'ath Party Archives.
More than ten million digitized page images and fifteen hundred video files collected by the Muʼassasat al-dhākirah al-ʼIrāqīyah (Iraq Memory Foundation) from the Ba'ath Regional Command headquarters and other sources are housed in the Hoover Archives. This vast array of digital files illuminates political conditions in, and governance of, Iraq during Saddam Hussein's regime.
The materials are divided into two collections according to origin. The larger collection, which consists of documents created by the Regional Command of the Hiẓb al-Ba'th al-'Arabī al-Ishtirākī (Ba'ath Party) and other administrative and security agencies during the Ba'ath Party’s reign in Iraq, is accordingly titled the Hiẓb al-Ba'th al-'Arabī al-Ishtirākī Records, 1968–2003. A smaller set of video files and printed matter was created by the Muʼassasat al-dhākirah al-ʼIrāqīyah and other parties after the fall of the Ba'ath Party and thus was assigned to a second collection, Muʼassasat al-dhākirah al-ʼIrāqīyah Records, 2003–2010.
Researchers must sign a user agreement before being granted access to the Ba’th party records because this collection contains personally identifiable information (PII) about human subjects.
Records may be viewed via a custom portal on computer workstations in the Hoover Archives reading room, with some printed matter of the Muʼassasat al-dhākirah al-ʼIrāqīyah available as hard copies.
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